Racing: Vindaloo has more on plate

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Vindaloo failed to get his head in front for an eighth successive race yesterday but he may turn out again this weekend.

Jimmy Harris's three-year-old put in a late challenge at Pontefract but was beaten into second by Knave's Ash, meaning that Vindaloo remains stuck on the nine-winner mark where he shares the 20th-century record for handicap victories in a season.

He was held up as usual at the back of the field by Jason Weaver before making ominous progress as the field turned for home. But the partnership was still a length down at the line.

David Chapman, trainer of Chaplins Club and Glencroft, two of the horses who share the record, was one of the first on hand to offer his commiserations to Harris, who was far from downcast.

"I think he's better than ever," Harris said. "Jason said there was not enough pace early on today. "He's in at Hamilton on Sunday, which is a possibility, and we've entered him in a race at Newmarket next Tuesday just to have a look at it."

Matthew Henry secured a working holiday in the United States after riding Sweet Mignonette to a clear-cut win in round four of the Pontefract Apprentice Series Limited Stakes. The victory gave Henry, who had already ridden one winner and a third, an unassailable lead in the competition.